Panasonic Toughbook CF-74
Panasonic Toughbook CF-74

Panasonic Toughbook CF-74


Panasonic Toughbook CF-74Notebook: Panasonic Toughbook CF-74
Processor: Intel Core Duo T2400
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950 128 MB
Display: 13.3 inch, 4:3, 1024x768 pixels
Weight: 2.7kg
Price: euro
Average Score: 73.8% - average
Average of 5 scores (from 7 reviews)
price: 57%, performance: 73%, features: 68%, display: - % mobility: - %, workmanship: 85%, ergonomy: 60%, emissions: - %

Reviews for the Panasonic Toughbook CF-74

Panasonic - CF-74 Toughbook review
Source: IT Reviews English
The latest addition to Panasonic's Toughbook family of ruggedised notebooks, the CF-74 brings the family up to date using the latest Intel processor for improved performance and, in particular, battery life. Sitting in the Toughbook line-up between the more industrial-looking CF-29 (a favourite of BT engineers everywhere) and the more notebook-styled CF-51, the CF-74 is powered by an Intel Core Duo T2400 clocked at 1.83GHz. At first glance the CF-74 seems over-priced for its specification, and for a normal laptop that would be true, but as with all Toughbooks this one is aimed at users who work in all weathers and all conditions, where a conventional notebook would last five minutes. The CF-74 fits that range nicely.
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Preis/Leistung überteuert
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/21/2006
Rating: price: 50%
60% It has a Business Ruggedised badge, but just how tough is it?
Source: English
The Toughbook CF-74 from Panasonic looks like a notebook ready for battle with a reinforced case, shielded ports and sturdy LCD panel. Beneath this hardy exterior lies an Intel Centrino Duo system, powered by a T2400 dual core processor with a clock speed of 1.83GHz. Panasonic hasn’t backed up this CPU with even a gigabyte of Ram, preferring instead to supply it with just 512MB. More memory would prepare this system for the requirements of the forthcoming Windows Vista, especially as the integrated graphics chipset shares what little system memory there is. As it stands, Windows XP will soon complain about the small amount of Ram when you start opening up multiple applications.
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(von 5): 3, Preis/Leistung 2, Ausstattung 3, Ergonomie 3, Verarbeitung robust, Akkulaufzeit positiv
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/21/2006
Rating: Total score: 60% price: 40% features: 60% workmanship: 85% ergonomy: 60%
90% The newest Toughbook is fast, sturdy, and well connected.
Source: Laptop Mag English
Just as you wouldn’t wear cowboy boots to a black-tie ball, you would probably never carry a rugged notebook into a mahogany-paneled boardroom. The Panasonic Toughbook CF-74 is an exception. This semi-rugged sytem is made for highly mobile people who are tired of replacing less-durable notebooks but want something that still looks, acts, and runs like a mainstream machine. In fact, except for the sturdy handle that forms this model’s front panel, you would probably never know that this is a rugged notebook, semi or not. The CF-74 has no large bumpers on the corners, and the sturdy magnesium-alloy case is as fashionable as it is functional. We also like the 13.3-inch display, which is relatively large for a semi-rugged system.
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4.5 von 5, Leistung schnell
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/11/2006
Rating: Total score: 90% performance: 90%
80% Panasonic ToughBook CF-74 - Rugged Notebook
Source: Trusted Reviews English
The CF-74 may not be quite as tough as the CF-29, but it's faster, lighter and has even better battery life. Unless you really do need to use your notebook in the most extreme environments, the CF-74 should suit your needs, while giving that piece of mind that only a truly rugged notebook can. The lack of a touch screen is a little disappointing, and the price is, of course, very high. However, when push comes to shove, you either need a rugged notebook or not, and if you're the kind of user that needs to know that your computer and data will be fine no matter how many times you drop it, bash it or spill water on it, then it really is worth considering one of these. Finally, it's also good to know that if some cockney toe rag corners you in the boiler room and asks you where your tool is, you can smack him round the head with your ToughBook before replying “Who’s the daddy now?”.
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(von 10): 8, Preis/Leistung 8, Leistung 9, Ausstattung 8
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/08/2006
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 80% performance: 90% features: 80%
69% Panasonic Toughbook 74
Source: CNet English
Are you the type of user that heaps abuse on your laptop, blowing through one machine after the other at too rapid a pace? With the ToughBook 74, Panasonic has incorporated some of the design principles used for its military-grade laptops into a more consumer-friendly "business rugged" model that's designed to withstand more everyday abuses. Larger and more rugged than the consumer-oriented ToughBook W4, the ToughBook 74 includes durability and mobility features such as magnesium-alloy casing, a shock-mounted hard drive, a spill-resistant keyboard, WWAN connectivity, and a screen that's readable outdoors.
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6.9 von 10
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 06/22/2006
Rating: Total score: 69%

Foreign Reviews

Die 10 Meister aller Klassen
Source: Digital Living German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 01/05/2007
Rating: performance: 60% features: 80%
70% Panasonic Toughbook CF-74
Source: ZDNet German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 06/28/2006
Rating: Total score: 70% performance: 50% features: 50%


Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950 is an integrated (onboard) graphic chip on Mobile Intel 945GM chipset. It is a faster clocked version of the GMA 900 and supports no hardware T&L (Transform & Lightning) accelleration (which is required for some games).

These graphics cards are not suited for Windows 3D games. Office and Internet surfing however is possible.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.

Intel Core Duo: Double Core processor with a very good relation of performance to current consumption. The 2 MB L2 Cache are used together by the double. The maximum capacity of 31 watts is only 4 watts more than with the Pentium M (predecessor). Both cores are lowered automatically and independently of each other by speed steps down to 1 GHz. In addition it now supports also SSE3 instructions. At least it is just as fast as a equivalent Pentium M. With applications, which were designed for multi-processors, the performance can be nearly twice as fast as with the Pentium M (e.g. CineBench around 86% fast)

T2400: » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.

13.3": This is a common display format for subnotebooks. Netbooks, UMPC and some subnotebooks have tinier displays. Nevertheless, the majority of standard laptops has a higher format. The advantage of a small display is, that the subnotebook can be small dimensioned and can be carried easily. Further the small display needs few energy, which improves the battery runtime and in consequence the mobility. The disadvantage is that the reading of texts is a bit exhausting for the eyes, especially with high resolutions.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.

2.7 kg: This notebook is lighter than the average of all notebooks. It is too heavy for sub-notebooks. 14 inch displays are normal for this class of weight.

Panasonic: Panasonic Corporation, formerly known as Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd., is a multinational corporation based in Japan. Its main business is in electronics manufacturing and produces products under a variety of names including Panasonic and Technics. Since its founding in 1918, it grew to become the largest Japanese electronics producer. In addition to electronics, Panasonic offers non-electronic products and services such as home renovation services. Panasonic is an international notebook manufacturer, but with rather small market shares and few laptop reviews. Panasonic concentrates its notebook sortiment primarily to the niche of ruggedized notebooks, which are made for rough outdoor usage.

Panasonic reviews

73.8%: This rating is bad. Most notebooks are better rated. This is not a recommendation for purchase.

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Author: Stefan Hinum (Update: 2013-01-15)